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September 05, 2012
WCS Releases List of Asian Species at the Conservation Crossroads
Extinction or Survival? List Released at the World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Korea Species Can be Saved if Asian Governments Take Three Rs Approach: Recognition, Responsibility, Recovery JEJU, SOUTH KOREA, September 5, 2012- Will the tiger go the way of the passenger pigeon or be saved from extinction like the American bison? The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) today released a list of Asian species that are at ...
July 19, 2012
A Leopard's Tale: Leopard in Dramatic Photo with Gaur Traced to WCS Camera Trap Image
Leopard first photographed by WCS in 2004 Leopard ID-ed through computer software that compares unique spot pattern NEW YORK (July 19, 2012)— A dramatic photo of a male leopard dragging a massive gaur (or Indian bison) calf in Karnataka’s Bandipur Tiger Reserve turned out to be the same animal photographed by a WCS camera trap nearly eight years ago. The photo, taken by Indian photographer Vinay S. Kumar, was initially submitted to Conservation India, a not-for-profit portal to enab...
June 21, 2012
Major Cuts Proposed by House Committee Will Severely Impact Endangered Species, said WCS and WWF
WASHINGTON (June 20, 2012) — Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Programs approved an FY13 appropriations bill that would slash critical funding for some of the world’s most threatened species, including rhinos, tigers, elephants, great apes, and marine turtles. The subcommittee mark up of the bill recommends a cut of 21 percent below the FY12 enacted level for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) programs. Among the conservation programs that wo...
June 05, 2012
2012 Marks the Start of the International Year of the Rhino
Gland, Switzerland, 5 June, 2012 (IUCN) — Increasing alarm for the fate of the two rarest rhinoceros species, and growing concern over the increased illegal hunting of rhinos and demand for rhino horn affecting all five species, has prompted President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia to declare 5 June 2012 as the start of the International Year of the Rhino. President Yudhoyono took this step at the request of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and other conservation orga...
May 22, 2012
WCS Applauds Senate Effort to Renew Tiger Stamp for Four More Years
More Than 10 Million Sold Since September Debut Stamps May Be Purchased at Post Offices Nationwide and USPS.com Fiscally Responsible Bill Supported by Senate International Conservation Caucus Co-Chairs WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 21, 2011) – The Wildlife Conservation Society applauded today’s Senate introduction of a bill to reauthorize the Save Vanishing Species postage stamp.The stamp features an illustration of a tiger cub and supports efforts to save species like elephants, tigers, and great ape...
April 25, 2012
Rare Appearance for an Extremely Rare Cat
Camera traps set up by protected area staff in Hunchun Amur Tiger National Nature Reserve snap the first-known camera trap photos of an Amur leopard in China.
April 19, 2012
India Adopts New Refined Protocol to Monitor Tigers
Media Note: The full NTCA protocols are available at: http://projecttiger.nic.in/whtsnew/Protocol_Phase_IV_Monitoring_r.pdf Protocol will make India world leader in big cat monitoring, say scientists Research by WCS’s Ullas Karanth plays pivotal role in new protocol NEW YORK (April 19, 2012) – In a move welcomed widely by the conservation and scientific community, India’s National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has adopted new refined protocols for intensive annual monitoring of tiger sourc...
April 13, 2012
Land of the Leopard Opens in Russia
A new 1,000 square-mile park will safeguard leopards and Siberian tigers in Russia. Far Eastern leopards are considered the world’s rarest big cat.
April 13, 2012
Russia Announces “Land of the Leopard” Park to Protect Critically Endangered Far Eastern Leopards
WCS commends Russian government for creating new park to safeguard leopards and Amur (Siberian) tigers 1,000 square-mile park is located in Russian Far East Far Eastern leopards are considered the world’s rarest big cat NEW YORK (April 13, 2012) – The Wildlife Conservation Society commends the Russian government for creating a new national park to protect critically endangered Amur (Siberian) tigers and the world’s rarest big cat: the Far Eastern leopard. Called “Land of the Leopard” National P...
March 22, 2012
World’s Forests Defended and Celebrated on Capitol Hill
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) Recognized as “Champion of the Forests” World Forestry Day Commemorates the Importance and Benefits of Forests WASHINGTON (March 22, 2012) – Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Executive Vice President of Public Affairs John F. Calvelli advocated for greater protection of the world’s forests by funding the U.S. Forest Service Office of International Programs (FSIP) during testimony before the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee. In a celebration of World Fores...
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